TALKING WITH... TIM SMYCZEK
17 years old (Date of Birth: 12/30/1987)
If you have any doubt that Tim Smyczek is a dominating force in American junior tennis, you weren't watching the 17 year old play at the U.S. Open Championships. The kid from the Midwest was on a roll, creating upsets and gathering crowds to watch his incredible power game.
It's a long way from Hales Corners, Wisconsin, to Australia, where Tim and partner Timothy Neilly won the doubles trophy at the Australian Hardcourts. It was just one in a list of singles and doubles titles that Tim has garnered in just the past year. In 2004, he took top prize at two National Open events, the Canadian Open and the Kentucky Derby. Add that to the numerous tournament finishes in the top eight and you have a No. 6 finish in the USTA Boys' 18 National Rankings and a No. 30 in the ITF Junior World Rankings for 2004.
While Tim has not won another title in 2005 since Australia, his results have still been impressive. In doubles, he and partner Kellen Damico (below) were quarterfinalists at Wimbledon, semifinalists at the Claycourts, quarterfinalists at the Hardcourts and the U.S. Open Juniors. He finished in singles quarters at the Open and at Kalamazoo. Tim was also one of the players involved in the filming of Jim Courier's The Zoo documentary.
I was anxious to sit down and talk to Tim ever since I saw him play at the Claycourts. I got my wish at the U.S. Open.
by Marcia Frost
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